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Alumni

  1. 1. Youthvision™Scholarship ProgramMeet Some of the Alumni
  2. 2. Shannon Katschilo (nee Cunningham)2000 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.Age: 29Hometown: Cambridge, ONCurrent City: Burlington, ONCareer: Senior Client SuccessManager, AchieversEducation: Environment and BusinessDegree, University of Waterloo
  3. 3. Shannon Katschilo (nee Cunningham)2000 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.“The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program gave me the confidence to continueto pursue academic excellence. Throughout high school I continued to earn above90s marks and I graduated University with an 86% average. If I hadnt won thescholarship I would have had to work a lot more during high school and this couldof affected my marks. I also would have graduated with debt and I wouldnt havebeen able to purchase my first house at 22 and travel which was integral to mypersonal development.”
  4. 4. Danisha Bhaloo2001 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.Age: 28Hometown: Edmonton, ABCurrent City: Edmonton, ABCareer: Manager of Development, Boys & GirlsClubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton andAreaEducation: Bachelor of Arts inCriminology, University of Alberta (2007)Graduate Diploma in Public RelationsManagement, McGill University (2011)
  5. 5. Danisha Bhaloo2001 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.“My parents had separated when I was 10 years old and we had moved from Calgary toEdmonton. The move was a jolt for me because I had to leave my friends and school. Atthe age of 12, my father passed away, leaving my mom to support us single-handedly. Ialso started working at the age of 15 at Subway so that I could contribute to the familyhousehold. I remember, due to the changes in my life, that I was not doing well in school,and was bullied by other kids. Despite the fact that my mom worked 12-14 hours a day,she always spent an hour with me every morning at 6am going over my homework andensuring I did well. She had great hopes for us but always thought that post-secondaryeducation would put us further in debt. Because of the scholarship, not only could Ipursue post secondary education, but I was guaranteed summer employment each yearto help with household income.”
  6. 6. Gillianne Beaulieu2003 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.Age: 26Hometown: St. John’s, NLCurrent City: Ottawa, ONCareer: Project Assistant – BiologicalSecurity, Department of Foreign Affairs andInternational Trade CanadaEducation: Bachelor of Arts and Master ofArts, Political Science, and Certificate of PublicAdministration, Memorial University ofNewfoundland
  7. 7. Gillianne Beaulieu2003 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.“Being awarded the Scholarship at such a young age enabled me to plan ahead, focustime that would otherwise have been spent searching for summer jobs and scholarshipson my studies, and reduce stress during a period that tends to be high-stress. It providedan end goal to high school, a reason to study extra hard and made me an attractivecandidate for post-secondary education. Most importantly, I am sure the being awardedthe Scholarship at such an early age, allowed me to sleep well and focus on my studiesinstead of spending many-a-sleepless night worrying about how I was going to make endsmeet on my own.”
  8. 8. Matthew Billy2004 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.Age: 24Hometown: Oakville, ONCurrent City: Calgary, ABCareer: Business Analyst, TELUSEducation: Hon. Bachelor Commerce,Major in Accounting
  9. 9. Matthew Billy2004 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.“The scholarship, and the opportunities it brought, had an immeasurable impact on myfamily. My family always wanted the best for me as a child and recognized that post-secondary education was crucial to enabling me to push the limits of achievement. Thefinancial component of the award coupled with the YMCA job experience helped me setmy limits higher and mature as an individual; these changes made a positive impact onmy relationship with my family and brought those around me much happiness.”
  10. 10. Gabrielle Lisi2005 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.Age: 23Hometown: Winnipeg, MBCurrent City: Winnipeg, MBCareer Aspiration: LawyerEducation: Hon. Bachelor of Arts, PoliticalSciences, University of Manitoba/University ofSaint-Boniface; Law degree (inprogress), University of Manitoba
  11. 11. Gabrielle Lisi2005 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.“My father raised myself and my brother on his own and my father had a very limitedincome as he is disabled and unable to work. When my father and I received the newsthat I had won the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship, I did not immediately realize what itwould mean for the rest of the family, but my father certainly did. It would mean that myfather, in depending on my scholarship paying for my undergrad, could concentrate onsaving enough money to support my brother in his undergraduate studies. Thus, inwinning the Youthvision Scholarship, this amazing opportunity to pursue post-secondarystudies was afforded not only to me, but also to my brother.”
  12. 12. Tahirah Stanley2005 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.Age: 23Hometown: North York, ONCurrent City: Toronto, ONCareer: Founder/Project Coordinator, Theatrefor Peace DegreeEducation: Bachelor of Arts, Theatre andInternational Development Studies, YorkUniversity
  13. 13. Tahirah Stanley2005 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.“I am one of ten children born into a single parent household. Winning the CIBCYouthvision Scholarship gave my mother the opportunity to take a breath, of relief, andfocus on the well-being of her other children. Without this scholarship my life would haveturned out completely different. I am not a statistic because of this generous gift. TheCIBC Youthvision Scholarship helped my family overcome one of the many barriers thatface low-income families. ”
  14. 14. Camilo Sanchez Galindo2011 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.Age: 18Hometown: Medellin, ColumbiaCurrent City: Hamilton, ONCareer Aspiration: PoliticianEducation: Bishop Ryan C.S.S. High School;Accepted to McMaster University
  15. 15. Camilo Sanchez Galindo2011 RecipientCIBC Youthvision™ Scholarship Program15 years, over 450 lives changed.“As I look back now, I realize how many doors have been opened since winning theScholarship. I would not be where I am today if not for those doors that were open. Oneof the first doors that opened up was my summer internship opportunity that I havecompleted at Hamilton Public Health Services for the last two years. Through thatinternship, I was presented with the opportunity to volunteer with a youth-led healthadvocacy group called Unfiltered Facts, through which I made other connections and nowrepresent youth in the city through the Hamilton Youth Advisory Committee. Thanks tothe scholarship, I can only imagine what the future holds as I enter University inSeptember.”

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